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"The Bully Pulpit," For Sure!

Updated on September 10, 2014

My review of the important book

I did finish reading this book on my Kindle. This is the only way to read really thick and "heavy" books, in my view. I started "Team of Rival," same author, in print a couple of time, never got it done. When I started reading it on my Kindle, I just kept plugging away, and I enjoyed it very much, kept right on going to the end.

I'm expecting the same thing here. I've started other Teddy Roosevelt bios in print, and never finished. This one is outstanding, and I'm still looking forward to picking it up, each evening, and moving forward.

Doris has combined three interesting "people" sets for this book - she spend nine years on it as I recall - Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the journalists at McClure Magazine - the infamous "muckrackers." Teddy draws us into reading the book. His relationship, over the years with WHT makes it interesting. By reading about this "Curious Duo" we also read the really important stuff - that we probably wouldn't, otherwise - the fantastic contribution to our society of this intriguing set of journalists assembled by S.S. McClure at his magazine; including Ida B. Tarbull and William Allen White.

I spent 15 years, not too long ago, living in Emporia, Kansas, William Allen White's hometown (he was the newspaper editor there at the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century), as a university professor. His name related to this book most likely drew me in, as well. I heard a lot about William Allen White, and I really wanted to see Doris Kearns Goodwin's take on him, I will admit.

ANOTHER RATIONAL

The times about which this book is written are so much like our present times, it is eerie! Income inequality growing. Societal issues dividing the populace. Control of business, government, and many other aspects of live in only a few hands. Teddy and his colleagues changed it then with the Progressive Movement. Is it possible for someone to step forward, today, to do the same?

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

A timeless book, that each of us should read, sometime in our lifetime! ;-)

 
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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Sounds like a very interesting book, I do love history and sadly I don't read enough of it. Thanks I'll have to check this one out :)

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      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @MariaMontgomery: I do recommend it! ;-)

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      MariaMontgomery 

      4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      I haven't read this book, but I do love Doris.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @paulahite: I believe I fixed it. Thanks! ;-)

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @junecampbell: You will not regret reading this one! ;-)

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @JoanieMRuppel54: I think you will enjoy this one, as well! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @lesliesinclair: I hope you'll give it a try! ;-)

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      Paula Hite 

      4 years ago from Virginia

      FYI, you have a video that is missing...

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      June Campbell 

      4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Sounds like an interesting book. I may check it out.

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      Joanie Ruppel 

      4 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Doris Kearnes Goodwin is a brilliant author! I read The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys many years ago and her biography on baseball, Wait Til Next Year. Both were excellent. I will put this one on my list!

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      lesliesinclair 

      4 years ago

      Not much of a history buff I know she's a fantastic writer and your review makes me think i would become engrossed in this story.

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